The late Nicholas M Schmitt Jr had an idea in 1986. Nick, a long time resident of Rolling Meadows, and a former alderman who also served on the board of directors of Clearbrook, decided to form the Clearbrook Guardians. He gathered several business associates and friends for what eventually became the first Guardian meeting in October 1986. Having grown up in Chicago and his family left homeless at one point in his life, he understood what it was like to just need the basic essentials of life. He felt that those basic needs were difficult if not impossible to achieve if a person were physically or mentally challenged.
Families of the developmentally disabled could only do so much and then had to seek outside help. State institutions provided some assistance, however private care facilities such as Clearbrook have proved to provide the best possible training for persons with developmental disabilities. The State of Illinois provides a portion of Clearbrook funding. However the balance of funds must come from grants and fund raising.
Our first fundraising event was casino night which was held twice annually from 1987 - 1997 as a two day event. This event is currently run as a one day event in both March and October. We are celebrating our 28th annual golf outing this year. and holding our 6th Annual Charity Garage sale in May.